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Mine-Disaster Settlement Talks Irk Brazil Officials as Deadline Approaches

  • Planning secretary says BHP-Vale settlement offer falls short
  • Officials to take measures to secure reparation if talks fail
Damage following the Samarco dam burst in the village of Bento Rodrigues, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, in 2015.
Damage following the Samarco dam burst in the village of Bento Rodrigues, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, in 2015.Photographer: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images
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The latest talks over a multibillion-dollar settlement for a 2015 mining disaster failed to yield a deal, with Brazilian officials signaling the two sides are still far apart with time running out. 

“We don’t have an agreement and no perspective that we’ll have one,” Minas Gerais State Planning Secretary Luisa Barreto said in an interview Wednesday after a new round of conversations in Brasilia with representatives of the Samarco iron ore mine and its owners Vale SA and BHP Group.